Dhaka, Mar 23 (UNB) – Anannya, a fortnightly feminist magazine of Bangladesh, on Saturday awarded 10 women of the country for their outstanding contributions to their respective areas.
“Anannya Shirshodosh 2018” awards were handed over to the distinguished women for their outstanding contributions at a ceremony held at the National Museum in city's Shahbag area.
The recipients of the prestigious awards are Dr Sayeba Akter (Medical), Parvin Mahmud (Management and Development), Shamsunnahar (Administration), Afroza Khan (Entrepreneur), Soma Rani Ray (Handicraft), Laili Begum (Journalism), Nazmun Nahar (Youth Icon), Sweety Das Chowdhury (Dance), Rumana Ahmed (Sports) and Fatema Khatun (Technology).
The editor-in-chief of Anannya Magazine, Tasmima Hossain, in her welcome speech lauded the awardees for their extraordinary achievements upholding the spirit of Bangladesh.
Members of National Parliament Ismot Ara Sadeka and Subarna Mustafa, also noted actress, among others, were also present at the event.
Anannya Shirshodosh award giving ceremony was first took place in 1993 and this year’s ceremony marked the 25th anniversary.
Sylhet, Mar 23 (UNB) – Amid the outcry over the death of a private university student in the capital, another university student was crushed to death by a bus after its helper reportedly pushed him off the vehicle at Sherpur in Sadar upazila of Moulvibazar district on Saturday afternoon.
The deceased was identified as Wasim Afnan, 22, a 4th-year student of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering department of Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU) and son of M Abu Zahed Mahbub and Dr Mina Parvin of Rudra village in Nabiganj upazila of Habiganj.
According to witnesses and victim’s friends, 11 students of the university boarded a Sylhet-bound bus of ‘Udar Paribahan’ coming from Mymensingh at the Toll Plaza in Habiganj after attending a wedding ceremony.
They decided to get down from the bus at Sherpur. At that time, a brawl broke out with the bus helper over fare which was later settled, said SAU student Shiplu Roy.
As Wasim was the last man to come down of the bus, its helper pushed him out of the vehicle around 5pm and the driver soon sped away. Under the impact of the push, the university student went beneath the wheels and was eventually run over by the bus, he said.
Wounded critically, Wasim was sent to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead, said sub-inspector Faruque Ahmed of the hospital police camp.
Sub-inspector Quamrul Islam of Sherpur Highway Police said the accident happened as the helper closed the bus door before the student got down from it.
Meanwhile, the body was handed over to the family without any autopsy at its request, said officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station Mohammad Selim Miah.
Police seized the bus from Begumganj of Osmaningar upazila of Sylhet around 8pm and arrested its driver Jewel Ahmed, 26, from the Kadamtali bus stand in the city around 11:30pm but the helper remained absconding.
Meanwhile, students of the university took to the streets and staged demonstrations at the Sylhet bus terminal in South Surma protesting the death of their fellow.
They also announced to boycott classes on Sunday and observe it as the mourning day.
Chattogram, Mar 23 (UNB) – Assistant High Commissioner of India in Chattogram Anindya Banerjee on Saturday said around 14.5 lakh Bangladeshi nationals visited India in 2018 on tourism, medical and business purposes.
At a press briefing at the assistant high commission’s stall of the ongoing 27th Chattogram International Trade Fair, he also said Indian visa application centres have been opened in Brahmanbaria, Cumilla and Noakhali too to facilitate easy access to Indian visas.
Anindya said more Bangladeshi people are getting interested to make foreign trips following Bangladesh’s economic advancement and enhancement of their living standard. “India is an ideal place for visit at a cheaper cost,” he said.
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mahbubul Alam, its Vice-president Syed Zaman Ahmed and directors Mostafa Chowdhury, Zahirul Islam Chowdhury and Anjan Shekhar Das were present.
Mentioning that India always provides assistance to Bangladesh as its true and trusted friend, Mahbubul expressed the hope that it will participate in the fair as a partner country in the future and sought assistant high commission’s cooperation in this regard.